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Bay leaves very pale

I've got a bay tree in the garden that's been doing well for a year or so, but the new leaves that are coming through are flimsy and much lighter in colour than you'd expect. Is that normal? Will they change? Any help/advice for a fairly new gardener greatly appreciated!

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  • Here's a photo
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,086
    Here's one I have in a pot that's about to be pruned.
    The new foliage is pale and thin - that's normal.
    If yours is much different can you post a pic?


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,519
    That looks perfectly normal for healthy young bay leaves. They’ll darken and toughen up with age. 
    Nothing to worry about … 

    … and welcome to the forum by the way 😊 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,086
    Ah - you posted a pic while I was taking one :)
    Yes, perfectly fine.
    The leaves right at the top look like they are very curled up?
    There may be a bay sucker inside the curled leaf - or it may be my eyesight :)
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,680
    New growth of bay leaves when crushed is one of the best smells in the world.
  • Thanks everyone. I've only had a garden of my own for a year so I'm totally clueless but absolutely loving learning as I go. Great new hobby!
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